Can PS5 play PS3 games?

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by Steven Shaw

As we’ve highlighted before at StealthOptional, backwards compatibility has been a major talking point with the PS5. Gamers have been desperate to know whether classic games from older PlayStation consoles will be available on the PS5.

This is a sticking point for Sony and PS5 owners, as Microsoft has a plethora of backwards compatibility functions and features available across its range of Xbox consoles.

So, we’re jumping back another generation to look at whether the PS5 can play PS3 games.

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Read on to find out more.

The issues between PS3 and PS5

One of the key aspects in making a console backwards compatible is whether the architecture of the new console is similar enough to the console in question. This is one of the reasons that so many PS4 games are playable on the PS5.

The older PS3 is substantially different to the PS5 in this regard, making it much more difficult to make those games playable on the new console. Of course, this isn’t to say Sony could not have made it so PS3 games were playable on the PS5, it just focused its efforts elsewhere.

So are any PS3 games playable on PS5?

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Are any PS3 games playable on PS5?

Physical copies of PS3 games are currently not playable on the PS5. Games bought on digitally on the PlayStation 3 are similarly unavailable on the PS5.

However, there is some solace for PS3 fans on the new PlayStation console. Aside from PS4 remasters and ports that are playable, PlayStation Now also includes a hefty library of classic PS3 games available for its subscribers.

This service includes the likes of God of War, Little Big Planet and, curiously, the PS3 version of Battlefield: Hardline. Who knows why?

If anything changes on Sony’s end with playable PS3 games, we’ll let you know right here!

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Steven Shaw